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Red Salad for R.E.D January

I have some very exciting news! Liza from The New Food in Town will now be a regular contributor to this blog! This foodie runs her own catering / shared dining company and also loves sport – she’s quite the runner, swimmer and (former) Dragon Boat racer. Liza will be sharing some delicious, healthy recipes that everyone can try. Her first post is below. Enjoy!

RED Salad for RED January

How did January slip right through our calendars so quickly? Many of us got back to our routines of peanut butter sandwiches and school runs, slipping on stretchy work trousers, hoping that we’d not really had too much Christmas pudding. And there is R.E.D January that so many are participating in. How have you done so far?

Not only has RED January kicked us out into the cold for a run, a cycle, a walk. It’s made us want more of it because we are creatures of habit, and movement and fresh air will always do us good! Sustaining an active lifestyle means that we should consider fueling up with proper nutrition. And it’s a visual cue, a colourful plate means it’s a meal of vitamins and nutrients.
What better way to start off a meal with something bright and RED!

SWEDISH BEET ROOT and APPLE SALAD
Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. neutral flavoured oil such as grapeseed oil (any neutral flavoured oil will do)

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

1 apple, cubed

1/3 cup lemon juice

3 beets, pickled, sliced

2 Tbsp capers, drained and rinsed

2 Tbsp mayonnaise

2 Tbsp crème fraiche

*Optional -Fresh Parsley, chives and dill chopped fine (feel free to add any fresh herbs from your kitchen or garden).

In a shallow skillet, heat the oil and gradually add the onions, stirring occasionally.

Add the apples as soon as the onions start to soften. Let them cook for about three minutes.
Remove from heat and pour the apple and onion mixture into a large mixing bowl.
Add the lemon juice, beets, and capers and mix well.
In a smaller mixing bowl, mix the mayonnaise, and crème fraiche and add a tablespoon of cold water. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Add the cream dressing to the apple and beets and mix well.
Sprinkle with fresh herbs and some extra pepper.

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments if you try out this delicious salad.

You can also find out more about Liza on her website, or follow her on Facebook and Instagram for lots of food inspiration.

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